Hopefully many of you have seen my new limited edition design, Walking for Sixty-five Roses! This design was created to raise both funds and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Some of you may be wondering why I have chosen to support this organization in particular. This blog is to tell you a little bit about why I support Cystic Fibrosis (CF).
Cystic Fibrosis is a cause near and dear to my heart. I have two cousins with Cystic Fibrosis, one on each side of my family. My cousin David was diagnosed when he (and I) were both pretty young. Because I was so young when he was diagnosed, I didn't know too much about it. I basically knew that it affected his lungs and that he had to take a lot of pills. When I was in my first year of University, my cousin Brandon was diagnosed. It was at this time that I decided to learn more about the disease. I also quickly realized how little other people knew about it.
Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease among Canadian children and young adults. While it does affect the lungs, it also makes it difficult to digest fats and proteins, can cause vitamin deficiencies, can lead to CF related diabetes and so much more! At this point, there is no cure for this disease.
The average lifespan of a Canadian living with Cystic Fibrosis is 50.9 years of age. This number has gone up quite a bit in the last decade or so. While this is a great accomplishment, the longer lifespan means there is a need to develop more drugs and treatments, so that those living longer can lead a more comfortable and fulfilled life.
There is so much more I could tell you about the disease and why you should support it, but that would lead to a really long blog post. If you want to learn more, Cystic Fibrosis Canada has some great reads.
I really hope you do support this amazing cause, whether by:
- shopping the Walking for Sixty-five Roses designs! On average, $5 from each design is donated to Cystic Fibrosis Canada
- donating on your own!
- or, do some Christmas shopping during our Holiday Shopping Party event! An extra 10% of all products sold during it will be donated to Cystic Fibrosis Canada!
See some of my favourite Walking for Sixty-five Roses products below! And don't forget to RSVP to our Holiday Shopping Party event before the end of the day November 23 for your chance to win $25 off your purchase!